Comic-Con 2008: Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Director Kevin Smith showed up to talk about his new comedy “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” and the famed NC-17 rating it was slapped with – “I didn’t feel it was an NC-17 movie. I think it’s a hard R. I think we earned the R” he said”.

Smith also confirmed that he has edited and resubmitted the film three times but still can’t drop the adults-only rating – the next hearing for it will be early next week. Smith says that despite the romance angle, this is just as profane as his previous Askew movies but better shot.

Why do this film? “The most important thing was how do you shoot sex because I’ve never done that before. … I wanted the sex to look much better than my sex”. He also confirms that he’s pretty much done with the Askew-universe films and his characters Jay & Silent Bob for now. He ducked a question about his horror flick “Red State” but dropped the fact that he may do a ‘space movie’ shortly.

Finally a five-minute scene from the film was screened showing the titular couple at a high school reunion where Miri (Elizabeth Banks) is hitting quite obscenely on an old flame of hers Bobby Long (Brandon Routh) while Zack (Seth Rogen) is talking to a young guy (Justin Long) whom we find out to be not only a gay porn star (he stars in “Shut Your Mouth Before I F**k It”) but the lover of Bobby and the pair graphically make out.